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Fish: Arctic Grayling

Trophy Arctic Grayling x 5

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/1/2021 7:52:11 PM     Points: 315    
My best friend/fishing budy and I went out recently to a lake that houses some HUGE Arctic Grayling above 10K. The mission of course was to land some of these amazing looking fish and also take a stringer home, since grayling are incredibly delicious imo...and also to escape the heat at lower elevations.

The mission was successful to say the least, we landed 5x Master Angler Arctic Grayling, with a handful of others just missing the mark...Very small swimbaits did the trick in this one with light terminal tackle (1/16oz ball head jig). Slow cranking, stop and going, and popping along the bottom of the lake and in the mid water column were the ways we got the fish in.

Hope you guys enjoy the action! Pictures as always! (Gotta love that dorsal fin)

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 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 7/1/2021 9:36:15 PM     Points: 395
Pretty fish! White or pink meat?
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 7/2/2021 6:52:37 AM     Points: 4421
Outstanding. I like the looks of that jig. That looks like it could do some damage on some walleyes and such too.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 7/2/2021 8:41:55 AM     Points: 2825
Well done Sir! Beautiful fish, and great job on the video. Thank you.
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 7/2/2021 9:03:56 AM     Points: 38
Way to go! The color on that dorsal fin is amazing !!!

 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/2/2021 10:06:08 AM     Points: 315

Thanks Greg! Most were white but some had some pink hue 😃
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/2/2021 10:06:56 AM     Points: 315

Thanks man! Ya i love it, works well for bass, trout, and really well for grayling. I haven't tried it for Walleye yet but I'll have to maybe try it this weekend, might go for some but we'll see.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/2/2021 10:07:26 AM     Points: 315

I appreciate the kind words!! Heading out shortly to go see if I can catch more fish! Have a good weekend!!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/2/2021 10:08:10 AM     Points: 315

Thank you! It was on my list to catch until last Summer and is now one of my favorite species to catch. They taste great and seeing that dorsal fin flair when they're fighting is awesome!!
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 7/2/2021 12:42:53 PM     Points: 38
Very cool.

My wife and I have caught them at Joe Wright Reservoir, but we have yet to try eating them. Maybe next time...
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: 7/2/2021 12:49:52 PM     Points: 220
I admire your culinary adventurousness. The fish are nice, too. :)
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 7/2/2021 3:03:47 PM     Points: 475
Those little swimbaits have become one of my favorites since you started showing them on your videos. How are you cooking up those grayling? I was thinking of just skinning them, rolling then in some flour and cornmeal with seasoning and frying them. That is how I used to cook whitefish and they were good that way.
 Reply by: pike&cats      Posted: 7/2/2021 5:49:40 PM     Points: 66
Beautiful fish hope to get some one day. I am curious are grayling stocked or naturally reproducing? Not at all bashing on you for keeping them i keep fish to eat when i can. Well done always enjoy your posts wish i could get out half as much as you. Good luck on the next adventure.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/3/2021 10:49:50 PM     Points: 315

Thank you! I love fish and am always willing to try some, we're going to do a catch and cook on Carp this year or next lol. Hoping it turns out ok.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/3/2021 10:51:55 PM     Points: 315

They're great! Easily my favorite product from Pete's!! I am scaling and then scoring them (very light scores). I season the inside of the fish and also lightly on the outside...Then I do a light dusting of flour on the entire outside of the fish, including the fins. Light fry up in oil/butter with some thyme😃 Sounds pretty similar to what you do.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/3/2021 10:54:28 PM     Points: 315

If i'm not mistaken, both. From what I've read and heard, they reproduce rather abundantly. Thank you for the kind words, I feel blessed to get out and fish as much as I do!!
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: 7/5/2021 11:07:48 AM     Points: 233
Love the float tube footage! Looks like you guys had a great day!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 7/6/2021 1:59:48 PM     Points: 415
Nice work! Beautiful cool fish! I need to get up there to beat the heat! How are the skeeters?
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/6/2021 7:55:10 PM     Points: 315

Appreciate it man! Always a good time out on the float tubes😃 I certainly was a happy camper at the end of that fishing trip haha
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 7/6/2021 7:56:15 PM     Points: 315

Thanks Harper! I always try and escape the heat during summer up at higher elevations. The mosquitos haven't been to bad yet but I haven't done any evening or early morning trips yet. Hoping to go camping this upcoming weekend or after for some big browns and tigers.

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